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2022 Year in Review

As 2022 draws to a close, the Greek Travel Pages (GTP) has rounded up news stories related to Greek tourism that dominated the year. While post-Covid 2021 laid the foundations for tourism to achieve a greater normalcy, in 2022 the industry continued its way towards recovery with a much better performance recorded from spring onwards, once Covid-related travel restrictions began to ease.

Although the Greek Finance Ministry originally estimated revenue to add up to some 15 billion euros this year, the industry managed to achieve an additional 3 billion euros and this way reach some 18 billion euros, which is near pre-pandemic levels.

And while Greece’s tourism bodies have referred to 2022 as “the great comeback of Greek tourism”, they express cautious optimism for 2023 as developments are taking place during an extremely difficult time due to the Russia-Ukraine war, inflation and the energy crisis.

Join us as we take a look back at some news highlights in 2022.

Greece Launches New Summer Tourism Campaign: ‘You Will Want to Stay Forever!’

The GNTO launched a new tourism campaign, which is based on the true story of an Austrian man, who visited Greece and decided to stay forever.

Study: Russia-Ukraine War Leaves Tourism to Greece Untouched

Greece’s tourism sector appears to be resilient to the impact of the Russia-Ukraine war, according to a study released this week by Alpha Bank.

Greece Announces Measures to Ease Energy Crisis Impact on Households, Businesses

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Thursday announced a 3.2-billion-euro energy scheme, in efforts to ease the impact of soaring energy costs on households and businesses.

Greece Drops Covid-19 Requirements for Country Entry

As of May 1, travelers coming to Greece will no longer be required to show a Covid-19 vaccination certificate, recovery certificate or test to enter the country.

Greece-Cyprus Ferry Link to Open in June After 21 Years

Nearly two decades later, Greece and Cyprus will be connected by a ferry link which is set to begin operations on June 19.

BoG: Greece Tourism Gained Momentum in 2021 – Final Data

Greece’s tourism sector managed to cover lost ground and regain momentum in 2021 achieving a 143.2% rise in travel receipts for the year over 2020, the Bank of Greece (BoG) reports.

Europe’s Travel Agents Make Greece ‘Preferred Destination’ for 2022

ECTAA will promote Greece as its preferred travel destination in the next 12 months among its 70,000 member travel agents and tour operators in Europe.

No More PLF for Travel to Greece from March 15

From Tuesday, March 15, travelers from abroad to Greece will no longer be required to fill in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before their trip.

Greece Welcomes First Direct US Flight for 2022

Greece welcomed the first direct air connection from the US on March 8, officially kick-starting direct flights from American airports for the season. 

Covid-19 and Greek tourism: Timeline

After a difficult 2020 and 2021 due to Covid-19, travel and tourism are almost at the level they were in 2019. The Greek Travel Pages (GTP) has provided a timeline mapping the Covid-19 pandemic, one of the most challenging events in modern history, and its impact on the Greek tourism sector starting from when it all began two years ago in 2020.